Gary Bimonte, co-owner of Frank Pepe Pizzeria, dies


NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Gary Bimonte has died after a life in which he became a third generation co-owner of the landmark Connecticut pizza shop Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana.

A statement on the pizzeria’s website Thursday announced Bimonte’s death but did not say when he died or cite his age or a cause of death.

The pizza shop opened in 1925 and became a neighborhood anchor on Wooster Street in New Haven.

Pepe’s wood-fired thin crust pies were a measure of quality against which other pizzas were measured.

Its white clam pizza won special acclaim. There are now 12 Pepe’s restaurants in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York and Rhode Island.

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